Skip to comments.Official Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball Reports and Photos Thread (Post 'em Here!)
Posted on 01/22/2005 6:55:01 AM PST by kristinn
The Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball was a wonderful, but exhausting time. I'm still wiped out. But, I know folks are waiting for pics and stories. I'll add my observations later, but I wanted to share one thing before I head back to the hotel to see 'Governor' Robinson and his family off.
We received a phone call from the White House yesterday. The Office of Presidential Scheduling called to pass along President Bush's regrets for not being able to attend our ball (we had mailed a formal invitation to him and his family.) We were told, "He hopes it went well."
As it turns out, the ball went really well after a late start.
Governor Huckabee and Capitol Offense rocked the house well past midnight. Impressionist Billy Finch did a wonderful job as Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful. Sauropod's video presentaion was stunning. The speeches by the Iraqis were very moving. WMAL's Michael Graham did a great job opening the show. Nick Danger was excellent emceeing the Eagle Awards. The St. John's College High School JROTC were magnificent presenting the colors. Richard Poe was busy all night signing copies of Hillary's Secret War. Seeking the Truth and his wife, Darlie, couldn't take a break--their 0Cents.com merchandise was very popular.
Thanks to all for their hard work making sure the ball went so well. And a special thanks to the active duty service members from Walter Reed and the Pentagon, as well as the veterans, who accepted our invitations as honored guests to the ball.
Please post your reports and photos or links here. I know alot of folks are traveling home, so check back over the next few day as folks check back in on FR.
Link 'em if you got 'em!
Ahhh, at last. We've been waiting (tapping foot). It may take some time for any Freepers headed into the storm in the NE to be heard from.
Pics from W2 Ball
self ^ | 1/21/2005 | Katie Rasdorf
Posted on 01/21/2005 12:42:15 PM CST by krasdorf
Some great pics here.
Thanks again for putting on one helluva party!! We had an awesome time and, my guests were impressed with everyone and every thing. My digital camera crapped out on me while there but we brought a back up and will post the pics after we get them back, which will probably be after this storm.
Thanks for posting these. I've also been hoping to see photos of the Presidential Ball, Laura's dress, etc. Do you know if any have been posted?
Southbound on the North East Corridor
Mr. & Mrs. Gigantor ready to party in our nation's Capitol!
My buddy BrianNYPD at the portal to the party!
Gigantor & Jim Rob!
A table full of Freepers!
Command Sergeant Major and Gigantor
Lone Star Beer is pretty good stuff!
The Sheik & Gigantor:
BrianNYPD and the Sheik:
Governor Mike Huckabee rocks on bass!
And Hussein was at the game...
The crowd goes wild!
One of the candidates in the Iraq elections!
Kristin & Gigantor - we finally got our name tags - yay!
The crowd are loving it!
The best dressed Ball in D.C.
It's not over yet - Mr. & Mrs. Gigantor get a few last moves in on the dance floor!
At the After-Party:
The perfect ending to a perfect day!
But wait, there's more - waiting at Union Station for our train, who do I bump in to, but, my "Pal" Al!
Here is the picture that says it all: take that Bruce Springsteen!
BTTT for awesome pics!
bookmarked for later viewing
Glad you had a great time. Listened to you guys live during the ball. It sounded wonderful!
Freeper Gigantor Goes Wild at 2005 Inaugural Ball (lots of pictures)
Posted on 01/22/2005 8:47:13 AM CST by Gigantor
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Hey, is that an Italian flag hanging on the wall??
I sure wish I could be there. I saw W. on TV. What a ceremony. What a speech. God Bless America
Lots of pictures here of the President and Laura.
C-Span is just now replaying the Inaugural. I think Laura Bush is the most beautiful first lady we have ever had. (Her husband is quite good looking as well.)
Something to note: Almost all of their signs were pre-printed professional signs, only about 24% of their signs were hand writen signs from Staples like ours, their signs were clearly bought by some rich millionaire who provided the signs using money gained from his left wing causes and socialist supporters.
I started to chant for president Bush and the leftists went crazy shouting us down. The Republicans in the crowd were intimidated to silence, but not Freepers. I gave it back to them. Unfortunately I did get angry and wasn't as tactful as I wished, but, hey, they needed it.
We arrived at our spot about 11:30 after waiting in line 2 hours through security. Our area was right in front of the street and we had a clear unobstructed view of the parade to follow.
Our numbers were small, the security was awesome, but slow, I am not sure they knew it would be so long a wait for most people, but they might have planned it that way to slow down the crowd.
I called in to a local radio station to let them know the atmosphere and told them of the verbal abuse of the leftists and their profane signs. The local talk show host, Jim Vicevitch was gracious and also well informed as to who these people were and their communist organization as stated on their own website.
We hung out in the cold with occasional Freepers and Freeperettes chasing coffees for people there, and I mistakenly drank Kristinn's Latte! SORRY!
We did get a heads up from the security there that the Parade had started, and I announced that people should get their cameras ready and we all stood expectantly at the ready, cameras pointed to the street!
We did view Bush the Father first, some thought they saw the great stain maker also, we did see many SUV's go by, but then, as jubilantly expected, we saw our President, George W. Bush come by.
His car was a dark colored, heavily tinted vehicle, but we could tell that it was him, we could see a little light on him waving to us and our crowd.
While looking at us, he did see our signs, and one of us noticed that he waved, looked at us, then almost doubled over when reading our signs in laughter, most likely the AMERICAN SECTOR sign in our opinion.
Laura Bush also looked at us, waving, and she looked wonderful, even through the dark tinted glass.
The Ball was great, too, I was saddened to not see the huge turnout we had last time, but the people we met we great, the food was fantastic, and the speakers were top notch. It wa good to see soem Ct Freepers and Freeperettes like the loively and gracious LisaFab who I want to also publically apologize to her for being too busy to say hello politely to, I was in a rush to get my camera or something, I forgot, but it was nice to see her, too!
I wish I remembered their names, but the gentlemen from Iraq were the best part of the show. If not for President Bush, they would not be able to thank us for the democratic elections that will take place for the first time in recorded history in Iraq, and these men were genuinely grateful to President George Bush!
And a good time was had by all!
I met him at the Ann Coulter debate.
Thanks for the link!
Al Franken smiling on the Free Republic. Did you tell him that he would be featured?
It says something about you and your wife that no matter how many people you meet, you have them smiling. You both must be great people/
Once again, your server is blocking access to the photos you posted.
It MAY be your firewall that is blocking display of the photos. Try temporarily closing the firewall (Zone Alarm) and you may see the photos.
I just tried IE, and got big red "X"s there, too.
I had to turn off Norton..someone else, zone alarm, to see.
A guy named Navy Doc signed up last night. He was with a medical crew working the parade route.
He was very complimentary about the FReepers he met while working.
Good work kristinn, you are a fine ambassador. Compliments to
the fine people you had manning the stations as well.
I've never had ZA block a graphic, though...hmmm...
Thank You, Kristinn and all.
Unfortunately I can't see any of your pictures :-(
I had to completely disable Zone Alarm to see gigantor's pictures. Very strange.
When I turned Norton back on later and came back I could still see them..I am a computer dunce so I have no clue.
It was a night to remember kristinn. Our thanks to all the DC Freepers who worked so hard, and everybody who pitched in to make the event happen.
Kristinn & his two "Vanna Whites"
The "Pajamahadeen" Gang
Here is a link to the rest of my pictures: http://ditch.dns2go.com/FReeRepublicBall/index.htm
Official Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball Reports
and Photos Thread (Post 'em Here!)
I'm using Firefox and have no problem getting the pictures.
Thanks Tonk and bump!!
linky no workee
They are fantastic and thank you for sharing.
BTTT Great pictures, looks like a wonderful time! Cheers :)